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Medical News & Perspectives
May 24/31, 2000

JAMA Web Site Enters New Phase

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JAMA. 2000;283(20):2642. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2642-JMN0524-2-1

Full-text access to the online version of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) Archives journals will be available only to AMA members or paid subscribers beginning in June.

While full-text access has been freely available since September 30, 1999, the move to "put up walls" around certain sections of the Web site has always been part of the plan, said Robert L. Kennett, vice president, publishing.

Photo credit: American Medical Association

Photo credit: American Medical Association

"We designed our full-text service to be service designated exclusively for members of the AMA and paid subscribers to our journals," Kennett said. JAMA's Web site, like those of most of the major scientific publications, will offer free limited access.

For all viewers, free access will be available to the home pages and tables of contents of all JAMA and the Archives journals. Access will also be available to contents of all the journals' abstracts, MSJAMA (medical student JAMA), and Virtual Mentor, as well as to the search functions available on the site and selected full-text articles. American Medical Association members will have access to the entire site and subscribers will have access to the journals they subscribe to. Members will register for full access using their membership number, and subscribers can sign on using the subscription number found on their journal mailing labels.

Margaret A. Winker, MD, a JAMA deputy editor and director, Division of Scientific Online Resources, said, "We are committed to keeping much of the JAMA and Archives Web site [http://jama.ama-assn.org] free of charge. Making full text available on a paid basis will enable us to implement new features and functionality to enhance the viewer's experience on the site."